The Games That Got 'Alien' Right

There have been a lot of 'Alien'-related video games over the years, but only a select few have captured the atmosphere of the movies

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Alien: Isolation (2014)

Alien: Isolation (2014)

It's been copied so many times it's easy to forget how different Alien was back in 1979. Its cast of space truckers and their dingy ship were ordinary and relatable in a way most sci-fi wasn't. Alien: Isolation understood that, and its setting – a run-down space station full of CRT monitors and faulty electrics – is a similarly mundane place. That was emphasized by excellent sound design, borrowing many effects directly from the movie. The ordinariness meant that when the alien did appear it seemed even more uncanny, a sleek monstrosity snaking through a world of office furniture and locker rooms in which it did not belong. That contrast helped make Alien: Isolation as scary as watching Alien for the first time.

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